Minister of Science, Energy, and Technology, Fayval Williams has said that the Government is working assiduously to ensure that the country becomes a technology-enabled society.
This, she noted, is in keeping with Outcome 11 of the long-term National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica.
“As a ministry, we are working to transform Jamaica into a digital and knowledge-based society, where all individuals and communities have equitable access to technology,” she said.
INCREASE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
However, Williams said that in order to achieve this goal, Jamaicans need to integrate and increase science and technology into all aspects of national development and education, as well as “introduce a national policy to promote science, technology, and innovation”.
She was speaking during the Jamaica Computer Society’s (JCS) BizTech Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston last Wednesday.
Williams said a review of policies implemented by successive Governments over time has identified an urgent need for sustained focus on the infusion of science and technology, information and communications technology (ICT), research and development, and innovation in engagements at all levels of the society.